Saturday, April 14, 2018

Best & Worst States for Doctors – WalletHub Study

As the personal-finance website WalletHub showed in its report on 2018's Best & Worst States for Doctors, good health care is dependent on any number of factors.

To identify the best states for those in the business of saving lives, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from average annual wage of physicians to hospitals per capita to quality of public hospital system.

Best States for Doctors
Worst States for Doctors
South Dakota
District of Columbia
New York
North Dakota
Rhode Island
New Jersey

Source: WalletHub

Best vs. Worst:
  • Oklahoma has the highest average annual wage for surgeons (adjusted for cost of living), $317,825, which is 2.8 times higher than in the District of Columbia, the lowest at $113,603.
  • The District of Columbia has the highest number of physicians per 1,000 residents, 8.24, which is 6.9 times higher than in Nevada, the lowest at 1.20.
  • Florida has the highest projected share of the population aged 65 and older by 2030, 27.08 percent, which is two times higher than in Utah, the lowest at 13.21 percent.
  • Nebraska has the lowest annual malpractice liability insurance rate, $4,977, which is 8.2 times lower than in New York, the highest at $40,826.

To view the full report and your state or the District's rank, please visit:

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Life Satisfaction: A Scientist’s Guide by Leo Lafferty-Whyte, PhD

With a PhD in Molecular Oncology, experienced life coach Leo brings an unusual mix of scientific and motivational methods to put people on the path to life-changing happiness. 

Feeling Stuck? Fed up with thinking 'I'll be satisfied when' but who knows when that will be? How can we simply 'be satisfied' when the pressures of jobs, mortgages and relationships are upon us all?

Enter Leo Lafferty-Whyte, Ph.D, who has spent over twenty years researching, learning and practising the tools and techniques he has discovered which today enable him to help his clients live a happy and fulfilled life. Now, in Life Satisfaction; A Scientist's Guide, Leo shares his no-nonsense Triple 'H' approach  covering the three pillars of Health, Happiness and Harmony along with his own deeply personal story which he hopes will give readers the tools to enjoy, and make the most out of,  life. 

Dr. Leo Lafferty-Whyte

In this tale of two halves, Leo starts off with the analogy of building a house to highlight the importance of his three central pillars of self-development with Healthy providing the foundations, Happy the structure and Harmony the environment you choose to build and that all of these to be just right for you otherwise the house can fall down. Leo then introduces the first stage of his guide, the concept of 'Life Currency.'

Using maths, Leo invites you to reflect on different areas of our life  from career to health and fitness and finances and calculate how satisfied you are with each as well as how important each is to you. The results of his questionnaire highlights your deficit and paves the way for the all important first-month plan that will provide a clear and accessible series of weekly goals. The second stage, and one which will ensure success, is Leo's reward and consequence system based on the primal brain's response to the pleasure Vs. pain principal.

As Leo explains, individuals will go to great lengths to avoid something that they don't want to do or 'gives them pain,' therefore by applying consequences the success rate for achieving goals will be higher. However, Leo is also quick to highlight that anyone who is looking to make serious and long lasting changes in their lives not only need 'Cheerleaders' in their lives but also a 'Wiggle Week.' Acknowledging the awkward human traits of enthusiasm and indecisiveness, Leo allows the first week of each month to be an opportunity to alter your weekly goals for the rest of the month in order to ensure that you can reach your monthly target.

After outlining his methodology, the book then moves on to Leo's own deeply personal transformation using the Triple 'H' approach. Open and honestly, he documents the successes and challenges he faced along the way and the astounding results he got in just four weeks. 

A no-nonsense and accessible approach to self-development, Life Satisfaction; A Scientist's Guide is the perfect read for those of us looking to find their inner satisfaction and keep hold of it, no matter what is happening in our lives. 
About the author: Dr Leo Lafferty-Whyte, Ph.D grew up in the North East of Scotland in the 80's and 90's. As a young gay man in a small fishing village he suffered mental and physical abuse on a daily basis. He used his past traumas to fuel his hunger for self-improvement and adopted the life goal of leaving the world a better place than when he entered.

After several years experience, and receiving his life coaching accreditation, Leo launched Triple 'H' Coaching in 2016 and the Triple H Coaching mobile app. In addition he has a degree in Genetics & Immunology from University of Aberdeen and he was awarded a Ph.D in Molecular Oncology from the University of Glasgow. Leo currently lives near Glasgow with his partner and Newfoundland dog, all three of which can often be found hiking a local mountain or relaxing on a woodland walk.

As well as having articles featured in multiple scientific journals, his first book, Reliving the Past to Release the Present was published in 2017. Life Satisfaction: A Scientist's Guide by Leo Lafferty-Whyte (published by CreateSpace May 5th 2018) is available to purchase from Amazon. For more information please visit; 


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Friday, April 13, 2018

Basil Mediterranean Cafe - Midtown Oklahoma City

I'm attending a conference in Oklahoma City. While most of the people at the conference went out for famous Oklahoma beef, I looked for ethnic food.

I went to TripAdvisor and looked for their top-rated less expensive restaurants. The Basil Mediterranean Cafe, rated as number 11, is located in Midtown Oklahoma City at 211 NW 23rd Street. TripAdvisor describes the restaurant as Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, vegetarian friendly with vegan options.

It has a variety of Mediterranean dishes ranging from $4.95 for a gyros and $13.95 for Persian saffron lamb shank. Meals are described as delicious, well-priced, and filling.

We began our meal with dolmas, herbed steamed seasoned basmati rice, wrapped in soft grape leaves and served with fresh lemons. Because we ordered two main entrees, we also received hummus, which is prepared with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic and served with warm fresh pita bread.

Dolmas and hummus appetizers with Peach Cream tea

As our main dishes, I ordered a gyros platter with french fries while my wife ordered the Persian saffron lamb shank.

The gyros platter at $8.95 included thinly sliced gyros meat (lots of it), served with fresh vegetables, warm pita bread, and a choice of French fries or basmati rice. It was served with a side of tzatziki sauce. I enjoy gyros meat and I was not disappointed. When I saw the size of the meal, I asked for a take-out box and took half the meat home and left over pita bread and hummus for tomorrow's lunch.
Gyros meat platter with French fries

My wife orders lamb whenever she can. The Persian saffron lamb shank includes slow cooked fork tender shank of lamb with a tasty sauce made with saffron and served with onions and garbanzo beans. It served over steamed basmati rice with pita bread.
Persian saffron lamb shank

We ordered peach creamed herbal tea to go with the meal. It came in a glass tea pot which gave us three small cups of tea each. We added saffron honey to sweeten the tea.

We took home baklava for dessert and a bottle of the saffron honey.

The owner, Tony, who came from Iran in the 1970s, has operated the restaurant for four years. He helped pronounce each of the dishes and described each of meals.

The web address for the restaurant is 

Here are some of the more recent comments from customers on TripAdvisor:

We stopped in here the other day for a late lunch after reading good reviews. First the owner was very friendly and also very funny. The food was very good, inexpensive and the portions were huge. Our service was very fast, as you order at the counter and they will bring your food to your table. Good sized parking lot especially for this area. The map showed it at 23rd and Hudson but it’s located about a block down nearer Harvey.

I pass by this jewel often, but never had I stopped until a friend recently took me. It was a delightful experience And I’ll return again soon. I had a falafel and hummus plate. When they saw that I was about out of falafel and pita they brought more! Very friendly staff and reasonable prices.

Basil's food is amazing, and it is always served hot and fresh. The owners/employees are so friendly and warm. It's always clean and welcoming inside. My absolute favorite is the Mediterranean chicken, but I've liked everything I've tried.